Christian community

 

What kind of community life should a local Church pursue? This is best answered by closely looking at the “one-another” commands in the New Testament. These are exhortations about how to relate to each other as Christians in community. 

  • Accept one another (Rom 15:7)
  • Carry each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2)
  • Have equal concern for each other (1 Cor. 12:25)
  • Watch out for one another (Heb. 3:12-13)
  • Encourage one another (1 Thess. 4:18; 5:11; Heb. 3:13; 10:25)
  • Live in harmony with one another (1 Pet. 3:8)
  • Confess your sins to each other (Jas. 5:16)
  • Be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10)
  • Edify one another (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thess. 5:11)
  • Consider others better than yourselves (Phil. 2:3)
  • Bear with one another (Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:13)
  • Forgive each other (Eph. 4:32)
  • Honor one another (Rom. 12:10)
  • Offer hospitality to one another (1 Pet. 4:9)
  • Be kind and compassionate to one another (Eph. 4:32)
  • Live in harmony toward one another (Rom. 12:16; 15:5)
  • Love one another (John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17; Rom. 13:8)
  • Be members of one body (Rom. 12:5; Eph. 4:25)
  • Be at peace with each other (Mark 9:50; Eph. 4:3)
  • Pray for each other (Jas. 5:16)
  • Serve one another (Gal. 5:13; 1 Pet. 4:10)
  • Spur one another on to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24)
  • Submit to one another (Eph. 5:21; 1 Pet. 5:5)
  • Teach one another (Col. 3:16)

Evidently believers are intended to have deeply meaningful interdependence. This is not a picture of superficial or casual connection. It depicts life-together in mutual love, honor, unity, service and accountability. The New Testament vision for local Church community is one of significant interdependence and loving accountability. 

Perhaps the best response to this is not to find a place to receive this kind of community but to make a prayerful commitment to live this way among other followers of Christ.

Steve Cornell

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